tv Pan Am Flight 103 Bombing Memorial Service CSPAN January 3, 2018 7:21am-8:49am EST
office was organized and go on a very large safari to africa. this rifle was prepared specifically for roosevelt. it has the presidential seal engraved on the breach, roosevelt was famous for the bull moose party and there is a bullmoose engraved on the side plate of this gun. >> watch c-span's cities tour of springfield, missouri saturday at noon eastern on c-span2's booktv and sunday at 2:00 pm on american history tv on c-span3 working with affiliates as we explore america. >> at a memorial in arlington national cemetery the victims of the pan am flight 103 bombing, attorney general jeff sessions gave a speech about
for coming to the 29th anniversary service remembering pan am flight 103. my name is melanie daniels, my father william daniels was in seat 9h and i am the memorial cochair along with my mother, kathy. today we remember not only friends and family who were taken from us that day but our friends who had been with us since the beginning. you may notice the change up here at this time. usually there is a very very tall man sitting up here and even last year when frank dugan had become too ill to participate upfront with us, he said in the audience and through all that still helping us with planning and worked on ahead of time regardless of how cold.
we had a picture of your but doesn't do justice to the gaping hole left here when he passed less than two months ago. it seems the last two months have been a series of revelations of all the work frank did for me, for us and generally without us realizing it. these revelations, the backbone of our support network, so much so having grown up with this expensive pan am family as an extension of my own, for a long time, he was one of my various pan am uncles, i was a teenager for 15 years after the bombing before i realized that wasn't the case. we just absorbed frank, he stuck the way a good friend should always stick. you may notice things are different this year. we are adjusting to the loss of our super blimp and we are
taking this you to remember him as well as the people we lost that day. there will be a lot of frank throughout our program and hopefully that will make the lack of him less jarring. if you could rise for the presentation of the colors and the national anthem. >> forward march! [marching] >> forward halt! present arms! ♪
♪ oh say can you see ♪ by the dawn's early light ♪ what so proudly we hailed ♪ at the twilight's last gleaming ♪ whose broad stripes and bright stars ♪ through the perilous fight ♪ over the ramparts we watched ♪ were so gallantly streaming ♪ and the rockets red glare ♪ the bombs bursting in air ♪ gave proof through the night ♪ that our flag was still there ♪ oh say does that
widow of michael stuart bernstein who left behind their two children, she is a rabbi in falls church, virginia, a long-term board member of victims of pan am flight 103 inc. and our go to person for handling how to say what we want to say intelligently and eloquently. if you could come up. >> source of all blessings, be with us today as we gather at this place of sacred memory as we remember parents who cared for us, guided us, taught us and sacrificed for us. spouses and partners with whom we shared our lives who were with us in good times and bad. children and grandchildren
taken from us when they have so much life to live. siblings with whom we played and squabbled and shared a rich tapestry of heritage, grandparents, aunts and uncles who gave us unconditional love, friends whose counsel and support reached our lives, as we recall with gratitude friends and neighbors husaks of lovingkindness his status and helped us to keep the memories of our loved ones alive. we give thanks, members of the club no one wanted to join who pride with us with who we walk the halls of congress and attended meetings too numerous to count. as we call to mind those who work to bring justice to our
loved ones, law enforcement officers with boundless energy and long memories, prosecutors who took our loved ones into their hearts, legislators determine to speak the truth, source of life, we are grateful to you for the tides of love, the depth cannot break, memories that are precious, we thank you for the lives of our loved ones and the gift of memory. may memories of loved ones be tender and true. and sentimentality, may we live our days no matter how long they may be in a way that honors the lives of our beloved ones and may we forever hold the precious light of their love close to our hearts.
>> i am melanie's mob, kathy, i want to greet everybody here, thank you for coming. and tell you some vips who are here, first and foremost attorney general jeff sessions, we will hear him in a few minutes, and other people who are not on the dais but mister christopher ray, director of the fbi was unable to come but we want to thank him and hopefully next year he will be able to. honorable jesse lou, the
district of columbia, waving back there. mister ed callahan, principal deputy assistant attorney general, national security division, us department of justice. esther andrew vale, assistant director in charge, washington field office of fbi. there are a number of other people, i found out who some of them are, a lot to say everybody's name. i will tell you some of the people who helped us a lot this week and this month since frank has left us. and didn't realize how much he was doing.
dick mark -- marquis, he will take over sending us all emails all the time. and a number of people who are not here i want to mention them, frank always used to call him the little viper. as retired prosecutor in the department of justice and heather cartwright with him, i want to tell you don't quit your day job, our pay isn't as good as what you get.
anyway, i want to say how much i miss frank, his wife is out here, i don't know if you realized it but when we have frank sitting here i would be the one next to him, one of these schedules, didn't know when he was about to speak, when it was color-coordinated, he would never know that. when it was his turn to stand up, only have melanie -- anyway, i ask everybody from a
>> we remember them, john, michael, gerard, sarah margaret ach acher, john david akers trump, ronald eli alexander, thomas joseph aimerman. margin lewis applebaum. rachel maria is realski. judith owen atkinson. william garrett atkinson iii. nicole elizabeth goins. gerri don avery. claire louise baccioschi.
anthony lacey hawkins. >> harry michael bainbridge. stewart berkeley. jean mary bomb. julian mcbain. lawrence ray bennett. philip vernon bergstrom. david berkley. michael stuart bernstein. stephen russell your l. noel, battia. kenneth john. diane. >> stephen john bowen. john buckley. paula marie buckley. nicole, francis bowyer,
nicholas bright, daniel solomon browner. colleen rené bruner. timothy guy berman. michael warren buser. warren max busear. stephen butler. william martin catin. >> louiseeron. valerie kennedy. timothy michael caldwell. carlson, richard anthony coley. eric michael kocher. jason michael kocher. gary leonard. bridget, sean, thomas concanon.
>> theodorea cohen. tracy jane corner. willis, patricia mary quayle. john bennink come, william manion daniels, gretchen, shannon davis, gabriel dellarepa. frank dinardo. peter thomas stanley dicks. >> scott marsh corey. david scott gorski. michael joseph doyle. edgar howard eggleston. charles thomas fisher 4 rebecca. clayton flick.
john patrick flynn. arthur, robert jared fortune. stacy denise franklin. paul matthew stephen friedman. >> cara reagan. james ralph buller. robertin, gabor, alan gallagher, matthew cannon gannon. tennis raymond. paul isaac garrett. kenneth james gibson. william david junior. all of leonora gordon. linda susan gordon. madeleine, loretta and gordon-.
>> david j goals. andrzej nikolai, nicole james, lorraine francis walsh. lynn carol, pamela elaine herbert, rodney peter hilbert, alfred hill, catherine augusta hollister for josephine hudson. christina hudson. miriam hudson. >> we remember them. elizabeth sophie, jafar, robert been, paula jeffries, rachel jeffries, kathleen mary german,
and johnson, mary alice lincoln johnson, syracuse university, i represent keisha wyden, her boyfriend, timothy baron johnson, christopher andrew jones, julian francis kelly, j joseph. we remember them. patricia and klein. is to for -- christopher lac h lacochi lacochier. robert milton, william chase flyer, wendy and lincoln. i represent and lindsay. lloyd david ludlow. teresa, william edward mack.
james bruce mc curry. >> we remember them. wendy forsyth, douglas eugene, elizabeth merrick. lewis anthony marengo. noel george martin. diane marie kozlowski. william john mcallister. willie mcelroy. robert eugene mccollum. charles dennis mckee. bernard joseph mclaughlin. jane susan melbourne. i represent frederick sanford phillips. >> we remember them. suzanne marie, joseph kenneth miller. jewell courtney mitchell.
james and morgan. eva mortensen. helga rachel mosey. richard palma and eddie. ingrid elizabeth mulroy, john mould i, sean kevin malloy, mary geraldine mercy. karen elizabeth noonan. thomas britton. >> we remember them. daniel emmett o'connor. mary denise o'neill. elise owen. gwyneth yvonne margaret 01. robert factor i. martha no one. laura abigail owen. robert penn newco.
and eli stratus. >> we remember them. jocelyn k arena. diane marie -- i represent louise rogers at syracuse university. susanna roller, mark rosenblum andrea victoria rosenthal, peter rosenthal, myra josephine royal, david ruben. >> we remember them. elise jean sarahsaid he, scott christopher saunders, teresa elizabeth jane saunders, robert thomas scheidegger, sally of elizabeth scott. i represent amy elizabeth
schapiro. irving stanley siegel, martin bernard christopher simpson, scaboh. >> we remember them. cynthia jones smith, ingrid smith, james alvin smith, mary edmund smith, geraldine stevenson, hannah louise stevenson, john charles stevenson, rachel stevenson, michael gary smith, charlotte stennett, stacy leanne stennett, james ralph stowe, laura mcdonald margaret. >> we remember them.
mark alex hager. tanaka, andrew alexander to run, anthony thomas, mark lawrence tobin, david william trevor metz. alexa catherine caceres. barry joseph valentino. thomas hogan. assad -- nicholas andre, peter -- >> we remember them. raymond ronald lightner. janine wait'll. thomas edwin walker. jerome lee weston.
jonathan white. bonnie lee williams. eric john williams. britney lee williams. stephanie lee williams. jean at murray. john, paul sommerville. >> we remember them. george walterson williams. kelsey marie woods. deborah lynn woods. joe nathan woods. joe nathan woods junior. andrew christopher right. mark james iii. and flanagan lose kathleen mary flanagan. thomas flanagan. maurice peter henry.
>> i want to welcome another longtime friend, helen englehart is the widow of anthony hawkins who left behind her and their son. helen is a dedicated and ferocious activists and has been a thoroughly involved part of the family as long as i can remember. she is going to come up and say a few words about our frank. ellen?
>> that song just wipes me out, thank you. good morning. this is the tribute i never wanted to give and didn't expect to. i had to be here to do it. i think i met frank the first time he came to one of our early group meetings in a dingy hotel in hudson, new york, not sure why we were meeting there except in the early years we tried to go up and down the east coast to be near some of the places where so many of us lived, the plane had been filled with people whose homes
were all over the country as far away as california. as far as boston, he went down, don't remember how far south. he went to the central new york area. at that time, it was very early. there was a lot of unclaimed jewelry, watches and such still in lockerbie. they were brought over to try to be identified and frank was there, the other team from the justice department was trying to locate, get to know family members, to locate people who
might know others who had booked on the flight and withdrawn at the last minute or assemble a list as what point in time, relatives had made reservations because there was a peculiar pattern it seemed once the seats were empty and it was believed maybe there was some advance notice given to some people. anyway, frank introduced himself, got to know us and at that point, looking at addresses and things that tony had lived in brooklyn with his family. tony was english, he had married an american woman. you can take the boy out of brooklyn but you know the end
of that phrase. he and i bonded over brooklyn and kept that going the next 29 years. we would joke about it ask questions about brooklyn and i would get him up to date. he would send me little notices of what he found in his areas of scrolling through the web about brooklyn. do you remember the days when? approximately the same age, the same era so that we had known the same kind of brooklyn. brooklyn patriots are very loyal. we had that. we would sign email letters to each other. that sort of thing. he was generous to bring people together, to invite me to
various meetings, to include me in projects that involve family members. i realized the scarf i brought today symbolizes frank, one of the retired policeman from lockerbie working in our case. .. asked if i were interested and available, and i was in so my son and i had dinner with this lovely couple. and this was their gift to me, a scottish warm scarf.
i wanted to share my connections with him that grew very, i think the group became very close and supportive for him after his own daughter was in a terrible accident and survived. it was perilous and he drew strength from us. he attached himself to us, as has been mentioned and became much more than just i guide to the byways of the washington bureaucracy. he became a dear friend to us all. and i regard him as a personal friend. and, in fact, looking through some of the things i edited for about six years, hoping to find something that i could share with you, i found something i
had forgotten. the last column that i wrote before i step down as editor, that was in november 2001. and at the end of the article that i wrote thanking everyone who i don't need get this publication to look professional and to get out on time, i came to the end of the article and i find my readers come your letters have meant so much to me. i printed msa reached me. i held back one. i received last december. it seemed too personal to share with the world but but i wouldo now, and i will do so now, again. december 5, 2000. helen, the november issue was
wonderful. in addition to the physical effort, it must have the guts out of you every time you edit one of these two quests. your treatment of the two books was fair and balanced. i had given book review of two books. that were about our time, our case. if you ever wrote about yourself, i know it would be terrific, but you don't have to. what you've done for all of us with truth quest is as much a legacy and attribute to tony as indie book. all the best, your friend, frank. i cannot think of a finer accolade.
>> thank you, helen. that was beautiful. i had the distinct pleasure now introducing someone, attorney john jeff sessions. he has worked in and around law enforcement for nearly 40 years. 14 years he served as a federal prosecutor, including 12 years as the united states attorney appointed by president ronald reagan. he then served as attorney general of alabama, and for 20 years as united states senator. today he serves as the 84th attorney general of the united states. i would like to introduce fellow southerner and more importantly fellow american, jeff sessions. [applause]
>> thank you very much. kathy, that introduction, thank you for the hard work you are doing to making this service so special. i especially want to thank the law enforcement professionals who are here, including united states attorney jesse lou who was returning to her office in washington, d.c. as a user tree where she served for a number of years. to mike and jesse and dick of the fbi, and, of course, ed o'callaghan, jonathan, breanna, jerry, and heather cartwright of our national security division in the department of justice. and to so many others that are here from the department of justice. i'd like to take a moment to
remember frank, your attorney who were lost last month. everyone here knows he was tough and a most able advocate for the victims of pan-american 103. he will certainly be missed. and to thank his widow, i believe you're here, during this difficult time. on behalf of the president i want to offer my condolences to all of the families of the victims of pan am 103. your strength today and over these past 29 years is an inspiration for all the people in our country. in particular i want to mention those of you who are part of the department of justice family. i think it symbolizes just how impactful this tragedy was. stephanie bernstein who just gave that beautiful invocation, she lost her husband, michael, a doj attorney who was in vienna on department of justice business. he's been working on deporting
notches from the united states and he was on his way home to her. former u.s. attorney rick hart earned a good home lost a 21-year-old sister lynn, assistant united states attorney, and gavin who lost her uncle matthew. so today we stop and pay them the tribute of remembering them, and all those whose names we heard so beautifully red. between, nine years later we continue to heal. you continue to heal. i believe that we owe it to the victims and to you, their families, to ensure that justice is done. i want to assure you that your loved ones are not forgotten, and neither are you. our investigators and prosecutors meet regularly in the united states, in scotland, and elsewhere to advance the case and bring those responsible to justice. they continue their efforts to
gather witnesses and recover evidence from libya, despite challenging conditions they are engage with libyan prosecutors and officials, and will continue their work as long as it takes. 29 years ago this was the deadliest terrorist attack on american civilians in our nation's history. 270 innocent people from 22 countries were targeted for death by state-sponsored terrorists. 189 were americans traveling home for christmas. the victims include a two-year-old, a three-year-old, a couple on a honeymoon. every year on december 21, the men and women of the department of justice are honored to join you here. this day reminds us of what is at stake in the work that we do. it inspires us and renews our
determination. the first and most foremost job of any government is to protect the safety and rights of its citizens. terrorists target unarmed,, unsuspecting, innocent people going about their lives. watching a soccer game, commuting to work, or flying home for christmas. ours is the difficult task of staying one step ahead of them at all times. it is not enough just to prosecute terrorism, but that's important, we must prevent terrorism. over these last 29 years terrorists have certainly continue to target as. they have inflicted other attacks on us and our allies from san bernardino to boston, from the pentagon just a mile and half away from this very spot, to orlando and london. but at the same time we have improved our law enforcement
training, our tactics, and we are more determined than ever to defeat terrorism, not to accommodate it but to defeat it. the department of justice has achieved a number of victories. we secured convictions of more than 500 terrorists since 9/11. and since 2013 alone we have charged more than 145 terrorist fighters, , homegrown extremist, and isis supporters in more than 40 districts throughout the united states. we are not letting up. the fbi currently has ongoing investigations in all 50 states. in my time as attorney general nothing has impressed me more. i meet with the fbi director and his counterterrorism team three mornings a week. we recognize the responsibility that we have. we are determined to prevent as many attacks as possible.
of course that is not easy. we are not perfect, but we are working resolutely every single day to reach the highest levels of success. i am very impressed, amazed really, at how effective our team has been in preventing attacks, prosecuting terrorists for they carry out their murderous aims. terrorists seek to intimidate us, seek to coerce us, but they will fail. the american people will not yield. that is what we owe the victims we remember today. and that is what we owe you, their families, to bring terrorists to justice and assure that other families don't have to endure what you have. president trump and his department will remain relentless in doing that. i like to thank all of you for being here and for your being
relentless in honoring the memory of those beautiful lives we lost. god bless you all. god bless the united states of america. [applause] thank you so much, attorney general sessions, for your words. the first time used the word determined made me sit up straight. i liked hearing that. you used that same board at least two more times. and that hit home. so we appreciate your time and your message today, so thank you for coming. and if i may ask you to step forward. i have something to present to you. this is a rather thick book many of you will recognize it, "on
eagles' wings." it has pictures and little bios of each one of our loved ones lost. i would like you to have that, as well as a book, looking for lockerbie. many of you may know this book written by one of the professors at syracuse university. and it gives a look at lockerbie beyond the pan am 103 occurrence there. it's a wonderful book about this little town and would like you to have that. thank you very much. my name is mary kay stratis. i serve as board chair of the victims of pan am flight 103, incorporated. i lost my husband on the flight. as others have mentioned already today, frank dugan serve as our
president. besides being just a wonderful friend, i i hosted him at my he with his wife for our summer meetings, and it was delightful to have him among us as a family member. he served as our president and i served alongside him, and he was indispensable to me, to our work as a board as an organization. his attention to detail in seeking encinitas articles that in any way related to pan am 103 was an education alone. he always had his antennas out keeping us up-to-date with any news here in the united states and in the uk, and even beyond. he would arrange for conference calls with representatives from the administration, regardless of which administration was in
office, from and white house chief of staff to director of the cia, fbi, senators, folks in congress, regardless of party affiliation. he knew it was important to us. never to be relegated to the back burner to keep our case and our cause known to those in power. last spring as our board elections were to be discussed, frank indicated he you like top down as president but still remain on the board. we understood and respected and wanted to honor that decision and were very happy easter wanted to serve on the board. our board hold several meetings during the year, and that our summer meeting last july we managed to keep a secret from him. and he was present but we managed to keep a secret, that we voted to honor frank with the title of president emeritus. in late october we held our annual general meeting in october in syracuse university,
and made the announcement, even though he couldn't be with us that day, about bestowing this honor on frank. the word emeritus in latin means veteran soldier. he may have heard it used to designate a retired professor, a pastor, prime minister pope. we have a pope emeritus, or present. as a market testing with service awarded only a few on the return of a it was most fitting to bestow this title on frank. the first and only person to be so honored by our organization. he was indeed our veteran soldier. for the victims of pan am 103. it was presented on october 29, and frank past four days later. he will remain our president emeritus, and always in our hearts. when frank indicated that he
decide to step down as president we needed to search for a new one. well, we didn't have to search far, not too far, because our new president isn't exactly new to the position. our new president, kara weipz, served as our president prior to frank's tenure. when she was 15, she lost her brother richard on pan am 103. as a young woman she stepped up and served as our president and was an amazing spokesperson and later during some very trying and complicated times for us. kara and her husband joe began to start their family and are now proud parents of three with a great sons. we turned back to kara once again to see if she would serve as president, and grateful to have our younger generation involved, she said yes. so i would like to introduce, or
reintroduced, our new president, kara weipz. [applause] >> thank you, mary kay. it's like riding a bike, right? i'm privileged to be up here again is your president. i'm honored to be to represent the family members and our loved ones we lost 29 years ago today. before i begin i would like to take a minute to thank all the remembrance scholars and lockerbie scholars who are here today. thank you all for all the work you do syracuse represent, and remember that only the 35 syracuse students but all of the pan am 103 victims, so thank you. and avs have an amazing power to bring us back to those moments in time. some happy, some sad, some life-changing. as i reflect on this anniversar
anniversary, i'm struck by something my mother said when she returned from remembrance week at syracuse of this year. she said that it just seems more emotional this year, and as usual she was right. don't tell her that. the amount of time that has passed doesn't dictate our emotions, so while some may seem since 19 years is so long ago, we know that in an instant we can be transported back to that moment. everyone -- everyone's trigger s different. for me it's a special report on the news. i had a moment last week when a bomb went off in new york port authority. i went back that afternoon when i was home alone seeing the news reports the first time. when i think back on an afternoon, besides the shock and less than just the way i told my mom that she write home from work what was happening, i remember the generosity of an old friend i had lost touch with used before. as i was waiting to hear back from my brothers girlfriend to confirm if it was rex like, i
knew i needed to talk to somebody. my closest friends were either in sports or afterschool clubs. so i went to my mental rolodex because we didn't have cell phones back then and i called a girl i befriended anomic ascorbic when she picked up i said, please just talk to me. i don't care what you talk to me about ida didn't explain why. and by the grace of god she did what i asked. she talked me into my brothers scope and call back on the house phone. she heard the on phone. when i came back to were not able to comprehend what this all men, all she said was, i'll be right there. he was later she and her father arrived at my door. they were with me when my mom arrived home from work. she spent the rest of the day with me just being there. she was my lifeline that afternoon. she never questioned why i called. she was just there to help me anyway she could.
not long after the tragedy another person entered my life, our lives, that had a profound impact. frank dugan became the bush presidential liaison for the families. it was a position of how should've lasted a few months. but it never really ended. we could not shake frank, nor did we want to. he held our hands through many situations, advised us, led us, and sometimes gave us a swift kick in the behind when it was warranted. he loved us and our loved ones who we never had the pleasure of meeting. to that end frank became one of us. he fought for us and with us all with love and passion. when i became president the first time, almost 15 years ago, i knew i had big shoes to fill following my fathers footsteps. now as i begin my second stint as president i know the frank's shoes are once i can never feel.
my hope is to continue to lead the families with the same passion and love as frank. i will do my best not onto anna rick and all our loved ones, but also frank dugan who became family to so many of us. thank you. [applause] >> this is glen johnson whose daughter was on the flight. and i am jane davis, the mother of shannon. okay. on this very exceptional day we
had some good news. our first legacy award recipient is present among us, and you will know who it is in a few minutes. yes, it's been 29 years, and i was asked how did the legacy award come about? well, i thought about committee hours that i spent with a lid on nominations. i thought about all kinds of brainstorming and talking about aging and he was going to carry on. i thought about all of those things, but i stand here today full of pleasure for you to see that young members of our family
who are stepping forward to carry on the work of the victims of pan am flight 103, incorporated. well, , how did that legacy awa, about? by the collective dedication and the combined energies and talents of many soul shattered people 29 years ago now. we gathered ourselves together. we struggled. we became known as citizens lobbying group in washington and elsewhere. our voices united for airport and airline security. first we committed ourselves.
secondly, at the appropriate time we began mentoring our second generation family members, and they are becoming our leaders. well, then we still had have me things to talk about and think about. and somehow, i don't remember the minute, but i do know that glenn may have said something to me that started the new idea that, let's reach beyond ourselves. with $35,000 collected we have resources to help to award students who want to continue our organizational goals. that's what the legacy award is
about. hold it in your heart the name of your family member, and quietly rejoice with our committee that our loved ones have helped bring about this beautiful legacy award in these 29 years thank you. [applause] >> as you've heard about the legacy award, and those who first see the idea, we were so impressed by the caliber of the
students who applied for this award. i was on the reading committee that read the applications. we had 22 applicants from all over the united states. each one presenting fascinating, intriguing, purposeful and meaningful ideas to pursue their careers in counterterrorism. they all had merit. and it was so encouraging to see the keen interest among this generation of upcoming scholars to pursue this field. allison miller was our standout. if i may ask allison to come forward at this time. [applause] tell you just a little bit about allison. allison miller has a ba in political science from old dominion university and obtained
her ma degree in political science from virginia tech in may of 2017. she served four years in the u.s. navy, and we thank her for her service for that. she began her interest in studying the topic of anti-terrorism anti-terrorism during her first semester of community college when she enrolled in a course called political terrorism. that course was taught by a former member of the fbi. and allison told us in her essay that she was enthralled by the various terrorist organizations being studied by the fbi. she sought to take every course possible relating to the topic of terrorism, even branching out to homeland security through the lens of criminal justice. and her course on terrorism, counterterrorism, espionage and intelligence. to list a quote from her essay she shared that she is fascinated by the study of how an individual becomes
radicalized, and steps that can be implemented to lead him or her away from that. consequently, her concentration is on de- radicalization, and she has worked in diplomacy lab at the state department as well as education from religious diversity training in detroit. she is undertaken several projects during her graduate studies, one of note is the ongoing project in detroit trying to bring communities together with multistate departments. with a research methodology of ethnographic fieldwork. she has experience with the diplomacy lab with the u.s. embassy in tunis, analyzing radical ideological messaging on social media. i will let allison share more with you about her work and aspirations for utilizing our award. but at this time i would like to make the formal presentation and
introduce allison as i read your certificate. the victims of pan am flight 103 are proud to present the initial legacy award to allison miller, to pursue studies at the school of public and international affairs, as a phd student in planning, governance, and globalization at virginia polytechnic institute and state university presented this day, december 21, 2017. congratulations. [applause] >> allison, i would like to take a moment to thank you for the work you intend to do. i think it's very important that people like you do this to prevent what is happened to us, and my own case, 29 years ago today. i was at the mall. i was buying a gift for my
daughter for christmas. i remember the saleswoman looking at me and saying, sir, is her something wrong? is there something wrong with you? i woke up and took care of my purchase, i left. the way home i was think, did i have stroke? what was wrong? i blacked out. when i got home to find my wife running down the driveway, screening. i realized at the time i blacked out our daughter beth was leaving us. to help you continue your work, the victims of pan am flight 103 legacy committee would like to present you with a check for $5000. [applause] >> and also a copy of "on eagles' wings." we would like you to have that.
excuse me, but it's time for a commercial. come and stand close. well, you are going to receive a white card, and here it is with the exact information for everything you need to know. please keep this card close to your checkbook so that you can contribute regularly, because i know you are going to want to. [laughing] blessings. >> hi, everybody. i don't think i quite understood the magnitude of importance until today. it's truly an honor to receive this. i really am at a loss for words for that, but i was asked to talk a little bit about my research and what it planned to do going forward.
i researched from a masters thesis community cohesion and in countering violent extremism, and the use metro detroit as a case study size really interested in looking at the community and talking to community members and seeing what aspects of community development can serve to counter violent extremism. i found at least within metro detroit a really expansive and impressive network of interfaith dialogue and interfaith activism. and i really kind of held onto that, and i plan to explore that in my phd dissertation, and with this award i plan to take this across the water to the uk. if anyone is money with it, that's been done as a hotbed of extremism and a plan to kind of repeat the same methods as far as looking at community development and trying to figure
out what aspects of community make a strong community and one that is essentially resilient to violent extremism, so. [applause] >> every time i touch this thing i get shocked. [laughing] i want to thank all of you for coming, and we have, i want to thank these wonderful people here, our choir. they are from tender united methodist church that's near here, i don't know exactly -- fairfax, virginia,, okay. that is pretty close. they have been coming every year for, i don't know how long, long time, yeah.
♪ >> usually it's like two, maybe three planes. a bit more this time. okay, before i introduce our chaplain to offer the benediction i have a few announcements. after the service everyone is welcome to join us for some food, relaxation and beverages at the marriott crystal gateways 15 restaurant in crystal city.
they open it up early for us and it's a good time to decompress and catch up with each other. next, i wanted to take a moment to thank teresa carpenter and attend required with come to sing for us as yours, as we've mentioned multiple times now. our piper, woody, our chaplain, willy. our bugler, our speaker jeff sessions, my other counterpart, maxine who arranges the dinner time at the hotel. syracuse university for presenting all the students and staff and really helping us out every year, and the staff at arlington cemetery for hosting us once again and frank's wife, fake. now, chaplain major willie mashack has been the deputy command chaplain for military
affairs at arlington cemetery since june, and his time serving in the military has included two combat tours in iraq, and he has received two bronze star medals and the combat action badge for being present and engaged by enemy forces during combat operations. please join me in welcoming the chaplain as he performs the benediction, after which our piper will play one more song before we close our program. thank you. chaplain. >> please join me in prayer. blessed are gathering, o lord, with the spirit of unity and love. anoint those gathered here to do your purpose on earth. grant us the courage to accept the well-being of herself and
her neighbors. enable us to since the urgency of life-giving service and activity to the body, mind and spirit as we seek to live selflessly as a witness to you and your greatness. dismissed us now with your blessings, your piece in the calm of insurance that you are always with us. the lord bless you and keep you. the lower make you safe and be gracious upon you. the lord lift his love upon you and give you peace. amen. ♪ ♪ ♪
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